Full time & Part time September, January LLM Full-time standard: 12 months. Full-time extended: 18 months. Part-time: 2 / 3 years

About the course

Taught in the critical tradition of Kent Law School, this programme examines the theory and practice of human rights law, international criminal law, humanitarian law, transitional justice, migration law and other fields in the context of different policy areas and various academic

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Entry Requirements

Students should hold a bachelor degree for entry to this master's degree.

We accept a wide range of subjects for entry and you do not need to have necessarily studied Law previously. Typical first degrees of our students include Politics, International Relations, Economics, History, Classics, Languages, Philosophy, Geography & Psychology (among others).

The standard of the degree will normally be at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree. We do review candidates application on a case by case basis and extensive work experience may compensate for a slightly lower degree result.

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Student Profile(s)

Daniel Trup

Daniel was awarded an LLM in International Law with International Relations with Distinction and is now working with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) investigating human rights violations committed whilst Kosovo was under UN administration. Before that he worked in the Special Prosecutors Office at EULEX; the EU Rule of Law Mission.

“Almost certainly. My main focus of my studies was in International Law. As a consequence this assisted me greatly in obtaining my first position as legal officer in the War Crimes unit of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My knowledge gained in the International Criminal Law course enabled me to understand the legal context by which I investigated war crimes, interviewed witnesses and then finally drafted the indictment.”

“My second role as Legal Expert in the Special Prosecutors Office of Kosovo dealt with Organized and Financial Crime was also assisted by my studies at BSIS. This time because I was able to demonstrate a wider knowledge of International Law within the context of the fight against organised crime.”

“There are a number of reasons why such a school offers an excellent place to develop a sound academic knowledge which can be later used in gaining excellent professional experience:
1.The teaching staff were great. They were excellent lecturers and advisors and certainly provided me with knowledge that guided me in my future employment;
2.The resources available both at the school and in the nearby university proved excellent tools for my studies and my skills in academic research were significantly enhanced by the opportunity it afforded me.
3.The school, being in Brussels, allowed me to interact with many international and regional organizations. Having an understanding of how they worked and in many instances didn't work proved to be immensely rewarding to my career development.”

“Employers often look for candidates that can demonstrate excellent academic credentials together with experience of working in a particular field. No more so than in international employment. Studying in Brussels allows for the chance to obtain work experience in a chosen field and combine this with studying. BSIS provides this opportunity. Not in that it will give you employment just that its excellent academic work and its links to International Organizations through its guest speaker program allows for these connections to be made and opportunities to be forged.”

Stephan Nielsen

The philosophy at BSIS is that the School is among the best in the world; and a School is always only ever as good as its students.

These high expectations are supported by academic staff that is always engaging, dynamic, and interesting, and who push students to achieve their maximum potential; yet this is within a friendly atmosphere of trust, support, and encouragement.

Stephan Nielsen, United Kingdom,
MA in International Relations,


Successful candidates will be registered at the University of Kent as full time students on taught programmes and will receive payment to cover 50% of their tuition fees (see Finance Handbook). These scholarships are open to students of all nationalities.

The Scholarships Board is looking for academic excellence as well as academic potential. If it helps, we invite candidates to imagine that they are standing in front of the members of the Scholarships Board and have one chance to tell them about themselves and why they would like to receive a scholarship.

More details at think link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADBRUSST02

Value of Scholarship(s)



Each year we offer a number scholarship opportunities to students on the postgraduate taught (MA/LLM) programmes.

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for the BSIS scholarship, please fill in this form by Monday 2 May 2022, 23:59 CEST (deadline).


Shortlisting will take place on the following week and shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview (via Ms Teams) on the week commencing the 9th of May 2022.

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